402-0052-00L  Physics I: Waves and Thermodynamics

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersA. Wallraff
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


402-0052-00 VPhysik I2 hrs
Tue13:45-15:30HPH G 3 »
A. Wallraff
402-0052-00 UPhysik I2 hrs
Tue15:45-17:30HCI E 8 »
15:45-17:30HCI F 2 »
15:45-17:30HCI F 8 »
15:45-17:30HCI H 8.1 »
15:45-17:30HCI J 8 »
15:45-17:30HCP E 47.1 »
15:45-17:30HIL B 21 »
15:45-17:30HIL F 10.3 »
15:45-17:30HIT F 11.1 »
15:45-17:30HIT J 51 »
15:45-17:30HIT J 52 »
15:45-17:30HIT K 52 »
15:45-17:30HPL D 34 »
16:00-18:00ER SA TZ »
A. Wallraff

Catalogue data

AbstractPhysics I is an introduction to continuum mechanics, wave phenomena, and fundamental concepts of thermodynamics.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course, students should be able to construct and apply simple models of dynamics in non-rigid materials. Students should also be able to identify and relate basic thermodynamic quantities in equilibrium systems given realistic constraints.
ContentThe lecture will discuss the following concepts:

- One dimensional wave equation
- Plane waves, spherical waves in 2 and 3 dimensions
- Elastic waves, sound velocity
- Stationary waves, resonances
- Propagation: interference and diffraction
- Doppler effect

- Kinetic theory of gases, perfect gases
- Conservation of energy, first principle
- Second principle, thermal cycles
- Entropy, thermodynamical and statistical interpretation
- Thermal radiation and heat transfer.
Lecture notesThe lecture notes will be distributed via the Moodle platform.
LiteratureP. A. Tipler and G. Mosca, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" (6th edition) Chapters 14-20.
Prerequisites / NoticeTechnical Mechanics, Analysis

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2016; Version 31.10.2017 (First Year Examination Block B)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2017; Version 07.04.2022 (First Year Examination Block B)
Bachelor's Programme in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2012; Version 24.02.2016 (Examination Block)
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersA. Wallraff
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationIm Sinne der Lernelemente kann, basierend auf der Leistung in den Übungen, für die Schlussnote ein Bonus von maximal 0.25 Notenpunkten angerechnet werden.
Written aidsEigenständig verfassteZusammenfassung (von Hand oder Computer-Ausdruck) auf bis zu 10 beidseitig beschriebenen A4-Blättern.
Nicht-internetfähiger Taschenrechner. Übersetzungswörterbuch
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Moodle courseMoodle-Kurs / Moodle course
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Offered in

Electrical Engineering and Information Technology BachelorFirst Year Examination Block BOInformation